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Chaparral Arts in Prescott presents “A Christmas World Tour “with Sticks & Tones

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Sticks and Tones takes families on a special musical tour of Christmas around the world on Saturday, December 21 at 4:00 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Avenue, Prescott. The whole family will experience the celebrations of Christmas in countries around the globe as they sing, laugh, and play a variety of instruments throughout this festive program. Proceeds from the concert benefit Chaparral Arts’ Summer Music Workshop Scholarships for children.

For the fourth year, Chaparral Arts presents an event that provides a chance for families to take a break from hectic holiday schedules and connect through music. "A Christmas World Tour," features familiar and fascinating rare songs and stories from all the continents except, of course, Antarctica. As in every Sticks and Tones family event, the audience is part of the show by singing along, playing percussion instruments, and generally having a good time.

Languages featured include Spanish, German, American Sign Language, and Japanese. Bring your jingle bells to join in on the sing-a-longs! Songs include Silent Night (Germany), Carol of the Bells (Ukraine), Nutcracker (Russia), Bonse Aba (Zambia), Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and more!

There will be an afterglow with doughnuts and cider and a chance to sing other carols and greet new faces and old friends.

Henry and Maria Flurry, founders of Sticks and Tones, are members of the juried list of Roster Artists of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Sticks and Tones is based in Prescott, Arizona.

While Sticks and Tones is known for its eclectic classical music performances, it has also spent 11 years presenting school concerts and family concerts from Yuma to Phoenix to the Navajo Nation, including the Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix Children's Museum, Many Farms on the Navajo Reservation, Phoenix Museum of Art, Mortimer's Farms, and all the libraries of Yavapai, Navajo and Yuma Counties.

Maria Vomlehn Flurry holds undergraduate degrees in music performance and music education from the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD). She received her Master's Degree in percussion performance from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). She was co-founder and long-time partner in the award-winning children's music group Harpbeat!, based in southeast Michigan. With Harpbeat!, she co-produced and performed on three children's music albums. The CD, Around the World in a Harpbeat , received critical acclaim from Parenting and Family Fun magazines.

Maria plays percussion professionally. She is principal percussionist in the Flagstaff Symphony and timpanist for Prescott Chamber Strings. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Michigan Opera Theater. She has "backed up" such artists as Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Jim Neighbors and has toured with Mannheim Steamroller. She solos as a concerto percussionist in pieces such as Tan Dun's Water Concerto, Kenneth LaFave's Canto de Alba and will premier "Impulso," a concerto for marimba, flamenco guitar and dancer in November 2014 in St. Louis, MO.

Henry Flurry holds undergraduate degrees in music theory and composition and electrical engineering from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). He taught for several years at the University of Michigan School of Music and helped author multimedia software for companies such as Disney, Hasbro, and Mattel. Henry teaches Suzuki Piano and composes music for piano, small ensembles, band, and orchestra. His works have been performed and commissioned by many groups, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Prescott Pops Symphony, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Yavapai College, Kennesaw State University, Balance Duo. Henry is also the developer of Music Flash Class, a versatile music note flash card app for iPhone and iPod Touch that is designed to be used by teachers and students. Henry’s compositions can be viewed, heard, and purchased at Nathana.com.

Together Henry and Maria and a bevy of volunteers started Chaparral Arts which provides exceptional performances and workshops throughout the year. The main events are the New Music Arizona concert and the Chaparral MusicFest, an annual music festival of concerts and music workshops for all ages held every June in Prescott, AZ since 2007.

Both Henry and Maria are bilingual in Spanish and English. Maria spent part of her childhood in and around Mexico, and Henry started learning Spanish with their children, just so he could keep up! They enjoy hiking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

When you go:

Saturday, December 21, 2013 4 PM

Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church at the corner of Park Avenue and Copper Basin in Prescott, 630 Park Avenue, Prescott, Arizona

$12 Adults, $5 children 12 and under, $25 Family package for up to 2 adults and up to 3 children.

Tickets are available on the website and at the door.

Phone 928-533-3525 for more information

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